Renal venous diversion: An unusual treatment for renal vein thrombosis

Karen J. Ho, Christopher D. Owens*, Stephen M. Ledbetter, David K. Chew, Michael Belkin

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Renal venous thrombosis most commonly occurs in the setting of nephrotic syndrome, hypercoagulability, or dehydration. This can usually be treated with systemic anticoagulation, and the diversion is via natural draining tributaries, eg, adrenal, lumbar, or gonadal veins. Occasionally, renal venous thrombosis results from extension of a thrombotic process, such as a large renal cell carcinoma with tumor thrombus extension into the infrahepatic inferior vena cava resulting in thrombosis of the inferior vena cava and contralateral renal vein. Herein, we report a case of left renal vein thrombosis relieved by diversion through the inferior mesenteric vein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1283-1286
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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